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WIP 37.9 – Hydra

WIP build r37.9 is now available to WIP backers.  This build contains the full set of functionality for the Hydra DLC, however, doesn’t have the text to go with it.  This means you can play though the Hydra TF and associated content with this build, but without the text to hint at the solutions, it will be very difficult to do so.

As always, it’s recommended to save to a different slot for WIP builds. Some of the text is copied into the save file, so some missing text will carry through save files if you play on WIP and then play on a Private build.

Almost all players will prefer to wait for the full Hydra release before they play. Once the story text has been written, it will be a more complete experience.  But you may wish to try it if you want a sneak peak of what’s coming in the full Hydra release, or to see what a build looks like when it’s in development.

To try it out, first unlock the sewer door as per normal, then interact with the various new NPCs in Haven.

Bug Database

We now have a bug database where game bugs can be added to. This is useful since my prior bug tracking solution is just a massive text file soup consisting of 1,100 lines of ideas, bugs, and notes.  Hopefully this keeps things more organized so they don’t get lost.

You can report bugs directly to the bug database by clicking Report Issue and filling out the form. Almost all fields are optional. No need to make a new account either, it uses your existing login information. Easy!

The bug database also helps tell me which bugs people care the most about being fixed — feel free to reply ‘+1’ or something to any bugs in there that are important to you. You can also click the ‘Monitor’ button and you’ll receive e-mail updates on the bug.

In future, I’d also like the ability for people to attach cloud save files to bugs, but for now it’s fine to just stash them in an unused slot.  I didn’t have time to figure avatars for the bug database, but maybe I’ll take another look after Hydra’s out.  Speaking of avatars — over on this blog, I had accidentally not enabled the option for blog profiles to have avatars uploaded to them. So now you should be able to set a blog picture for commenting should you wish to do so.

Survey: Methods of Chat & Update Notifications

The Hydra DLC is coming along slowly but surely — I ended up going a bit overboard with the logic on her, but I’m pretty excited about what it’s shaping up to be!  It will likely be one of the most technically complex transformations in the entire game.

In the meanwhile, please check out this survey on community discussion methods and preferred notification methods.

Login for blog comments & wiki

Wiki login had been broken for a long time, but should be working again now. Also, due to a lot of bot spam comments, the blog now requires a game account with a verified e-mail to post (but you don’t have to type a recaptcha every time anymore, either).

Minor note – there’s currently a limitation that blog accounts don’t have the same e-mail as any other blog accounts. So if you have more than one game account with the same e-mail, you’ll only be able to post comments from one of them.